First Knight

First Knight (1995)

12 corrected entries

Corrected entry: One of Malagant's knights holds Guinevere captive and tells Lancelot to throw down his sword. Lancelot drops the weapon at his own feet and takes a few steps forward to reason with the knight. Later on when the knight is dead, Lancelot simply bends down and picks up his sword from the ground. How did it get there? By right it should have been a few yards BEHIND him.

Correction: Lancelot actually throws his sword ahead of him, not down at his feet. When he's reasoning with the knight, he only takes a few steps forward. After Guinevere shoots the knight, Lancelot only has to turn around and reach a little bit forward, to his right, to pick up his sword.

Roxy

Corrected entry: When Guinevere's coach is attacked and she tells her maids to jump out the coach door is torn off by a tree, but after the rescue when the coach returns the door is back on.

Correction: Actually if you pay closer attention to the scene there are two coaches. One carries the females the other carries the males. Perhaps the coach you speak of was the second coach.

Corrected entry: Malagant imprisons Guinevere in an 'oubliette', which is French for 'place of forgetting', a dungeon where prisoners are left to rot. But oubliettes were only in use during the Middle Ages, centuries after King Arthur's time, and even then they were not platforms over pits as the film depicts. They were dungeon cells beneath the castle floors.

Correction: It's not impossible or even unlikely that Malagant would design his own style of cell. And "oubliette" was a word long before the dungeons named this were concieved.

Phixius

Corrected entry: Right at the end, when a burning arrow is shot at the "floating tomb" in order to set it on fire, flames appear on it before the arrow hits it.

Correction: The arrow ignites the vapors from the oil used to soak the tinder and body, therefore, it doesn't have to hit the tomb itself to light the tinder.

Corrected entry: King Arthur dies at the end and is put on a pyre that is then drifted out to sea and set on fire by a blazing arrow from afar. This is a Viking funeral rite, hardly suitable for the burial of a great English king.

Correction: Why not? Arthur presumably requested this for his funeral - his wishes would hardly be ignored. Even to this day people make odd requests about their burials.

Corrected entry: When Lancelot is fighting with the leader of the bad guys, you can clearly see that Lancelot throws the leader's sword up in the air, but when Lancelot is cutting him, you can see the sword back in his right hand.

Correction: The item he is holding might be his dagger which he drew during the fight.

Corrected entry: Towards the end, in the Great Square, Maligant sends his men in to burn the city. Immediately, the Knights of the Round Table start to defend their city. One of the Knights is shot by an arrow, and is presumably dead. However, at the end when King Arthur is floating in the lake, the knight is fine.

Correction: Actually two Knights are shot. First, Sir Mador is shot and killed. Second Knight is Sir Christophe. He is shot in the arm. I can see him in the end scene when Arthur is floating on the lake. I can't see Mador anywhere.

Corrected entry: Many of Arthur's knights are shown using bows at the battle of Leonesse. This is a glaring historical error, as the code of chivalry borne by all medieval knights strictly forbade the use of ranged weapons in combat. Killing an enemy at a distance was considered dishonorable.

Correction: Those troops are archers.(Which is fairly obvious) Archers weren't actually Knights themselves, but they were a core part of any army. You can also see Malagants men using crossbows in the ambush and the final battle.

Corrected entry: At the end, Lancelot takes up Excalibur and slays Malagant with it, yet there's no blood to be seen on Malagant's body when he falls dead. There's no blood on Excalibur either when Lancelot carries it to Arthur's deathbed.

Correction: If you look closely at Meleagant's neck when his head falls for the last time you can see blood on his neck. It is assumed that Lancelot cut him in the neck.

Corrected entry: In the first reference to his people burning in the church Lancelot relives the event in his mind without verbal explanation. Guinevere responds to his anguish by specifically mentioning the church. How did she know about it?

Correction: Lancelot and Guinevere had previous conversations in which he indicates a secret anguish from his past. She could have guessed what his secret was by his reaction to the burning church - a reaction not shared by any other knight.

Corrected entry: Around the time that it was theorized King Arthur was around, chain mail (which they are prominently wearing), did not exist...neither did plate-glass windows...or 14th century French chateaus.

Correction: Chain mail was invented by the Celts in at least 300 BC. See http://www.barca.fsnet.co.uk/Rome-weapons-armor.htm

Corrected entry: The stories of King Arthur take place in the Dark Ages, between 500-1000 AD. In the movie, lots and lots of people, mostly Arthur and his knights, wear blue clothes. Yet blue dye wasn't used in Europe until Marco Polo brought it from China in 1274, and even then it was extremely expensive.

Correction: Woad was an extremely well-known blue dye, used for thousands of years in northern Europe (see http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/html/botanytextbooks/economicbotany/Isatis/). Far from being a rare and expensive colour, blue would have been one of the most common colours available.

J I Cohen
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